After child dies during triple digit heat, officials say heat is more dangerous for kids

After child dies during triple digit heat, officials say heat is more dangerous for kids
We now know the name of the 12-year-old boy who died yesterday after being overcome by the heat while hiking. 
Police have identified him as Cody Flom. 
Fox 10's Danielle Miller has more on the dangers of children Cody's age being out in our triple digit temps. 
We’ve become accustomed to seeing mountain rescues throughout the valley, but they usually don’t have the ending this one did.
Fire crews tell us today that it's more dangerous for younger children to be out in the heat, especially while doing physical activity. 
Yesterday, we saw just how dangerous our triple digit temps can be for a child.
Police say a 12-year-old boy who was hiking with a man police say was a family friend died after being overcome by the heat while hiking the Apache Wash trail.
Captain Ardell Deliz with the Phoenix Fire Department says children can start experiencing heat-related illness much sooner than an adult.  
"Kids have a much faster metabolism than we do. Much less surface area and they don't tend to regulate the heat the way that we do. They don't sweat the same way that we sweat and we can control our temperature."   
Usually when adults start to feel sick from the heat they call for help, but Deliz says children often compensate longer when they aren't feeling well. 
"You might start seeing them looking pale, or looking really flushed and red and not really seeing that sweating and if you're sweating they should be sweating, and if they're not sweating they are just not regulating the same way,” Deliz said.    
Yesterday’s high reached 112 degrees.
Fire officials tell us Flom and the adult he was with had 2 liters of water with them. 
Deliz says even if you're prepared, our record highs can still be deadly.  
"Even if you're prepared and even if you have done it every single day, it doesn't prevent from that one day having that event." 
Phoenix Police are now conducting a death investigation in this case. They say the earliest we can expect an update on the case is sometime next week. 

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